by Sherri

Sherri is editor and co-founder of Zen Family Habits where she writes about living simply and cultivating healthy, meaningful relationships with loved ones.

Your parental permission slip

As parents, we are our own worst critics. Every one of us feels as though we should be doing more, doing things better, spending more quality time with our kids, teaching them more life lessons.  With all this, we feel we should also spend time on ourselves, maintain our own identity, and cultivate our passions. Being a parent is hard. The one thing I've learned through parenting my own two kids is that it's okay to be a little less than stellar on occasion. You must accept that you are human; you will make mistakes - everyone does. The key is to learn from these mistakes and then move on. As parents we should give ourselves permission to:

1. Let our kids be kids.

They really and truly grow up too fast. While it's important to teach good manners, respect and kindness, a day full of rules and regulations really isn't any fun. Relax a bit and focus on what really matters. Let them experiment, make mistakes, and play the way they want to.  Relinquish control and let them be kids. Read More
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Kindness Quote

Cultivating a life of kindness with your kids

Selflessness. Doing something for someone else without expecting anything in return. It’s a lovely sentiment and one I’m sure we’d all like to do a bit more often. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in our own little bubble. We can end up walking around with blinders on completely unaware of what’s going on (read more…)

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